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The Gettysburg Optimist Club is a 501c3 organization with all donations going directly to youth organizations in the local Gettysburg Community. The Gettysburg, PA Chapter was chartered in 1958 as an affiliate of Optimist International. Since this time, the Club has been in continuous service to the Gettysburg community and its youth. We are seeking men and women of all ages to join us in serving the needs of our community’s youth. Find out how to get involved by contacting us today.

Members

  • Enjoy the fellowship and camaraderie of individuals who get things done and who embrace a similar optimistic mindset.

  • Develop new social and working relationships with individuals from a cross section of our communities and have opportunities to develop and demonstrate leadership skills locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally.

  • Experience satisfaction from making a difference in lives of children as well as the surrounding communities.

  • Receive as much as they give!

Who We Are

We are local men and women who believe that the youth is the future of our city, state, and nation. We wish to give back to the community that gives so much to us!

What We Do

Our volunteer club raises and donates tens of thousands of dollars annually for local youth organizations. We support great programs in local schools, such as the Reading is Fundamental organization and outdoor education. We also support local sports and musical initiatives, including running a two month basketball program for more than 150 youth. For more information about the projects organizations the Optimist Club of Gettysburg is involved with, visit service projects page.

Latest News

The Gettysburg Optimist Club met on March 1,2023, at the Deatrick Commons Community Center. The meeting was called to order by President Gary Rappoldt at 6:30 pm. Gary made an invocation followed by a delicious homemade lasagna dinner. This was followed by the Business Session at 7:00 pm.
Business Session
1. Secretary Report. Fred Darling  no report.
2. Treasurer Report Randy Smith.   Approved
3. President’s Report.  Gary reported that there will be a BOD meeting probably on March 15.  Asked members to consider returning to two meetings per month?
4. Respect for Law. Doug said that this program will be March 22 at 9:00 am at the Court House. Detective Honoree has been selected.
5. Golf Outing. Dan Mattern reported that plans are proceeding well. He talked about the new flyer, and if anyone wants copies to see him.  May 18
6. Member Comments
– Gary. Get together with Walt Jones about the Youth Golf Program.
– Brian. Donation Recommendation
– Don. Kudos to the people who work with youngsters in the various sports programs.
– Fred. Dan, Gary, and I attended the STARS program at Gettysburg High School.
7. General Discussion. There was discussion regarding club support of the Little League Team. Support will continue. Also discussion about the sign that was made placed on the Rec Park fence regarding Optimist support. Total cost of everything was approved at $650
8. Dates
– 4/5 Regular Meeting at Deatrick Commons Community Center.
– 5/3 Regular Meeting at Deatrick Commons Community Center
– 5/18 golf tournament
– 6/7 Regular Meeting Officer elections and Budget
– 7/12 Optimist Club Picnic
– 9/9and9/10 Wine and Music Festival Parking
– 10/4 Banquet and Installation
Optimistically submitted,   Fred Darling

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The Gettysburg Optimist Club is a 501c3 organization with all donations going directly to youth organizations in the local Gettysburg Community. The Gettysburg, PA Chapter was chartered in 1958 as an affiliate of Optimist International. Since this time, the Club has been in continuous service to the Gettysburg community and its youth. Donate today to make a direct impact on Bringing out the Best in Kids.